Collection ID: X7910428
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The Kenneth R. Haslam, MD collection at The Kinsey Institute contains materials related to polyamory. It consists of conference materials, Internet resources, media coverage, and research articles, as well as Dr Haslam's personal correspondence and papers originally delivered at poly-oriented meetings, sex research and sex therapy conferences. Additionally, there are materials from several other donors relating to research, media response, and community communications and publications. The bulk of the collection represents the work of Dr. Haslam and other poly-activists from 2000 to the present, with contributions from earlier polyamory writers and activists dating from the 1970's. Dr. Haslam's decision to develop the polyamory collection at The Kinsey Institute reflects his interest in providing information and educating the public about polyamorous relationships. The collection includes biographical information about Kenneth Haslam, who has been a leader in organizing and documenting the polyamory community, and in introducing polyamory into the academic sphere. Dr. Haslam's presentations, featured in this collection, are geared towards educating professionals, practitioners, the public and the poly-community; they form a framework for understanding polyamory, along with snapshots of the lifestyles and communities. Many different polyamory groups and communities are represented in the collection, including the 1970's Kerista Community and the Church of All Worlds in the U.S., and international materials, such as Dutch language publications from The Netherlands. The collection also contains newsletters that were the precursors of Loving More magazine, a complete collection of Loving More magazine. The vast array of Internet community resources includes list-servs, blogs and journals, and websites. Examples are archives of the website "Polyamorous Percolations," "Swingercast," the swingers' podcast, Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness materials, and archives of various web-based discussion groups. There is a polyamory bibliography containing a variety of materials, including books on the subject that are held by the Kinsey Institute.
9 Boxes
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[item], Collection Name, Library and Special Collections, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Indiana University, Bloomington.


Biographical / Historical:

Ken Haslam, MD is a retired anesthesiologist who for the past ten years has been living and teaching about responsible, ethical, and consensual multi-partnering or Polyamory. He is a founding member and currently Vice President of Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness, a board member of the Institute for 21st Century Relationships and a past board member of his Unitarian fellowship. He has presented many workshops, sermons, and lectures on Polyamory, such as "Kinsey and the Roots of Polyamory" at Loving More and "Polyamory Enters the Mainstream at AASECT. He is both a practicing Poly and a Poly activist.

Scope and Content:

The Ken Haslam collection is contained in nine boxes. Series I – III consist solely of items donated by Kenneth R. Haslam, MD, including polyamory research collected by Dr. Haslam, which includes articles, media coverage, and subject specific materials within polyamory research (See appendix 1, 2, and 3 for a complete inventory of computer files); Series IV – VII are comprised of collections from individual donors all on the subject of polyamory. Series VIII consists of two boxes of audiovisual materials on the subject of polyamory donated by Kenneth R. Haslam, MD and Dr. Deborah Anapol. Series IX includes other miscellaneous items including oversized items in mailing tubes donated by several members of the polyamory community.

Series I) Biographical

Series II) Presentations, Research, and Writings on Polyamory

Series III) Correspondence

Series IV) Media Coverage

Series V) Diaries and Personal Items

Series VI) Community Resources

Series VII) Serial Publications

Series VIII) Audio-Visual Materials

Series IX) Miscellaneous and Oversized

Acquisition information:
donor(s), 19xx.
Physical facet:
Contains paper, audio-visual materials, computer files, and photographs
General note:
  1. Polyamory
  2. non-monogamy
  3. relationships
  4. jealousy
  5. swinging
  6. sex behavior research



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